BayBatt opens new battery R&D laboratory

The Bavarian Centre for Battery Technology (BayBatt) at the University of Bayreuth has celebrated the inauguration of its new premises. Covering an area of around 7,000 square metres, the building offers plenty of space for researching and developing batteries for mobile and stationary applications.

To this end, BayBatt, which was announced in 2018, combines basic electrochemical, materials science and engineering research with the industrial use of the processes and models developed. The research work at BayBatt ranges from molecular fundamentals to the structuring of electrodes, cell production and the use of batteries in networked energy storage systems.

Interdisciplinarity is what sets us apart, leaving silos behind and linking science and business. That is why we are the right place for a Bavarian Centre for Battery Technology with international appeal,” says University President Stefan Leible.

Michael Danzer, director of BayBatt, adds: “Our goal is to research and develop battery storage systems for mobile and stationary applications in electric vehicles and devices, in buildings and grids in a functional, systematic and comprehensive way. We are working on the battery of the future.

However, BayBatt is not only being created with funding from the state government in Munich, but also from the federal government in Berlin: as reported in October, the Federal Ministry of Research is funding the ILAB project of the Junior Professorship for Battery Management Methods and the Chair of Electrical Energy Systems with 2.2 million euros. ILAB stands for “intelligent battery test laboratory” and includes the development of the “novel infrastructure in the field of battery testing”.

Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) also attended the inauguration of the four-storey research facility in Bayreuth’s industrial area. “Bayreuth is now the capital of battery research,” said Söder. “The BayBatt is of crucial importance as a national reference centre for the battery of the future. The latest forms of state-of-the-art batteries are developed here – for electromobility, for example. With industrial partners, an ingenious cluster for battery technology is being created.

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